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These are the best city building games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated city-builder games for PC, mobile, and Mac are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest city-building games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these city builders are considered the best in the genre. If you're only familiar with the SimCity franchise, then prepare to find a ton of other games that are less known but equally as fun. If you're a fan of the Settlers franchise in particular, then you'll want to check out this list of the best games from the Settlers series.

This list includes all challenging city building video games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new city-builder games. These games, like SimCity and Pharaoh include images when available. This list answers the questions, "What are the best city-building games?" and "What is the greatest city building games of all time?" If you're looking for a list of games like SimCity then this list is exactly what you need.
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Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
carvingatokemo7 added Cities: Skylines

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1,505 475
Pharaoh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Pharaoh 1999

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1,263 412
Caesar III is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Caesar III 1998

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851 323
Zeus: Master of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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966 199
Banished is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
apsoft2 added Banished

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657 197
Tropico 4 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Alejandro002 added Tropico 4 2011

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887 294
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 4 2003

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750 319
SimCity 4: Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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588 190
Anno 1404 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1404 2009

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586 292
Emperor: Rise of the Middle Ki... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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496 265
Anno 2070 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 2070 2011

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466 205
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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460 233
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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301 158
Anno 1701 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1701 2006

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317 167
Poseidon: Master of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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335 195
Caesar IV is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Caesar IV 2006

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265 90
RollerCoaster Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added RollerCoaster Tycoon 2003

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413 296
Cities XL is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Cities XL Sep 03 2009

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295 202
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Stronghold 1993

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184 132
Immortal Cities: Children of t... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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119 48
Tropico 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 3 2009

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196 86
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 2002

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170 72
Tropico is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added Tropico 2001

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223 119
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 1989

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173 153
CivCity: Rome is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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202 131
Anno 1602 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1602 2000

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229 220
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kin... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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72 39
Tropico 3: Absolute Power is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 3: Absolute Power 2010

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169 159
The Settlers: Rise of an Empir... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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63 61
Tropico 2: Pirate Cove is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 2: Pirate Cove 2003

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69 45
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
kassi-raisk added Civilization

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209 159
Dwarf Fortress is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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90 72
Simcity 2013 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
KushNeo added Simcity 2013

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123 120
Grand Ages: Rome is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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33 4
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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126 106
Anno 1503 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1503 Apr 04 2003

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43 44
Tropico: Paradise Island is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
ZacharyHoyte added Tropico: Paradise Island 2002

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43 47
Simcity: Cities of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
ahmadrazamasood added Simcity: Cities of Tomorrow

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33 36
Cities XXL is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Sil Mata added Cities XXL

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106 105
Caesar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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80 124
Knights of Honor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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23 41
The Settlers III: Quest of the... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Civilization III: Conquests is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
kassi-raisk added Civilization III: Conquests 2003

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63 114
Imperium Romanum is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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89 109
Tycoon City: New York is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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10 35
Towns is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added Towns http://www.townsgame.com/

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62 91
Traffic Giant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Traffic Giant Jan 01 2000

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4 6
Sim City Cities of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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67 161
Glory of the Roman Empire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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20 67
Minecraft Pocket Edition is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
game4sss added Minecraft Pocket Edition